Google Photos Adds 3D Cinematic Image Feature


Google just added a really cool feature to their Photos app and we think more than a few creators out there as well as the sentimental among us will appreciate it.

Photo by PhotoMIX Company from Pexels.

Basically, the new feature takes your photo and then renders it into a 3D image using various layers of depth. It is then animated with a virtual camera for a cinematic effect.

The combined effect reminds some people of the animated stills used in Hollywood trailers and movies.

From Google’s blog on the new feature:

“Cinematic photos help you relive your memories in a way that feels more vivid and realistic—so you feel like you’re transported back to that moment. To do this, we use machine learning to predict an image’s depth and produce a 3D representation of the scene—even if the original image doesn’t include depth information from the camera. Then we animate a virtual camera for a smooth panning effect—just like out of the movies. “

This isn’t the only feature that Google has added to its popular digital media management app. It also updated the collage functions so that it can scan your library for photos of similar colors as well as new Memories options for creating collections.

“We’re also rolling out new themes for looking back. Now you’ll see Memories surface photos of the most important people in your life, something I’m especially thankful for in a year where I won’t be seeing as many of my nearest and dearest in person. And starting soon, you’ll also see Memories about your favorite things—like sunsets—and activities—like baking or hiking—based on the photos you upload,” Google writes about the update.

Does this new feature sound like something you would like to use? Do you use Google Photos in general? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments section below.

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